I went through this phase when I gave birth to my first daughter where I refused to dress her in “silly baby clothes,” So I skipped the ruffle-butt leggings, the frilly headbands and hair bows, and went straight to the sensible no-frills (no fun) baby jumpers.
But then I had a realization.
Children have the rest of their lives to worry about how they look, and what people think about them based on their appearance. If ever there was a time to live it up and dress silly, childhood is the time!
So these days, I let my kids dress themselves (and leave the house), pretty much any way they want. I have a few rules about modesty, and I can veto outfits that aren’t appropriate for the season (for instance, no sundresses and flip flops in January), but that’s about it.
Because really, if you can’t wear ruffles on your bum and pom poms on your head when you’re little, when can you? Probably never.
A few weeks ago our Indiana weather really started to take a turn for the cold. So I hauled up our bins of winter clothes out of the basement storage, and took inventory on the pieces we needed to complete each kid’s winter wardrobe.
Snow pants and boot for the three-year-old.
A winter coat for the eight-year-old.
And a stocking cap for the five-year-old.
We headed to Target, and for a very reasonable price we rounded up the few items we needed to be set for the season. We took a family vacation to Disney earlier this year, and ever since my kindergartener has been obsessed with Minnie Mouse. Not surprising at all, she wanted this super awesome (and super warm) Minnie stocking hat.
So here we sit, mid-December ready and waiting for some real winter weather to hit. Mother Nature, feel free to bring on the white Christmas! Because this family is prepared!
Do you keep your family festively stylish during the holidays? We’re giving away three $50 Target giftcards to brighten the season! To enter for a chance to win, simply comment on this post with a personal tip on how you dress your children conveniently — and with style — during the holidays!